Alex Dixon – 1851 Staff
The “US News and World Report” ranked Lasell College as number 25 on the 2013 Top Regional Colleges in the North.
The system is based on the researched view of what matters in education. High school students use these rankings to place themselves into the school they best fit.
This newest accolade shows how much the college has improved over the years and it all starts with the professors.
“I have been at Lasell since 1987. Back then the [total] class sizes were 70 students, not 668 students. Teachers at Lasell aren’t here for the money, but the love of teaching,” said Malini Pillai, a mathematics professor.
“You have to connect your subject, especially math, with real life connections to the students. The faculty are given respect and have academic freedom to experiment new techniques. Every teacher has their own style and flexibility,” said Pillai.
The indicators used in the research include undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, retention, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving rate, and graduate rate performance.
The US News rankings grouped schools in top national universities, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges, regional universities, up-and-coming schools, and public schools. According to US News, regional colleges are, “Schools that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.”
Within the regional college and university rankings, the schools were separated into the north, south, midwest, and west regions. The north region, which Lasell was placed in, included schools from New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.
Other Massachusetts schools to make the top 25 were Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Merrimack College, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and College of Our Lady of the Elms.